Letter: The home of the brave, but for how long?

Published: 6/18/2019 12:01:21 AM

It’s interesting to note that the Monitor’s weeklong remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion coincides with Paden Livingston’s “My Turn” article.

In the first instance (“I went through hell,”Monitor front page, June 6), New Hampshire native Bob Giguere had to have his mother sign a permission form to have her eager 17-year-old son join the Navy. Then, covered in shrapnel and with a shoulder injury that throbbed, after losing consciousness, Giguere was taken to an Army hospital in England. Thereafter, when back on his feet, he went on to fight in the Philippines and Okinawa, where he earned his third Purple Heart.

In the second instance, (“Let’s not allow this to become the Divided States,”Monitor Opinion, June 10), Livingston argues that we have sadly deviated from the idealism made evident in the Woody Guthrie song “This Land is Your Land.” Whereas this song stands for solidarity and the common good, it’s not hard to imagine that should we no longer abide by the values that bind us, and should we not stand shoulder to shoulder with patriotic figures like Giguere, there may come a time when the land of the free and the home of the brave becomes a thing of the past.



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